Living with diabetes means blood sugar checks, watching what you eat, insulin injections and an increased risk of developing painful peripheral neuropathy. It also means you have a higher chance of having a heart attack or a stroke than individuals who are not living with diabetes. If you're a woman and you have diabetes, your risk is even higher; women are twice as likely to have heart disease than their counterparts without diabetes. Many women living with diabetes are unaware of their risk factors for heart attack and are also unaware of the symptoms of a heart attack. A heart attack can leave the heart damaged and leave you at risk of a future cardiac event. Learn how stem cell therapy from the Innovations Stem Cell Center can help.
What are the Symptoms of a Heart Attack?
The most common symptoms a heart attack among women include:
• Pain in the neck, jaw, abdomen or back
• Shortness of breath or chest tightness
What Are the Risk Factors for a Heart Attack?
In addition to diabetes, other risk factors include:
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Poor diet
• Physical inactivity/sedentary lifestyle
How Can You Reduce Your Risk of a Heart Attack?
Understand your risk factors. If the risk factors above apply to you, you should have regular checkups with your doctor to monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. If you have diabetes, you must work to keep your blood sugar in check. This can significantly lower your chance of a cardiovascular event.
Stop smoking. Quitting smoking can dramatically reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Change your diet. If your doctor determines you are at risk of a heart attack, switch to a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Avoid fast food and processed food.
Get moving. Exercise can reduce your risk of a heart attack and many other health conditions.
Where Do Stem Cells Fit In?
If you have had a heart attack, your heart muscle has been damaged by the temporary lack of blood and oxygen to the area of the heart where the heart attack occurred. The heart does not easily repair itself, and in some cases does not heal at all. This means an increased risk of a future heart attack and an increased risk of dying from a cardiovascular event in the future. Stem cell therapy from Innovations Stem Cell can help to repair damaged heart tissue and lower your risk of future occurrence when combined with a healthy lifestyle.
Learn more about how fat stem cell therapy can help after a heart attack by calling Innovations Stem Cell at 214-256-1462 for more information now.